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XII

F I V E D A N C E S W I T H D E A T H

XIII

N O T E S

Gods

Feathered Serpent: Quetzalcoatl, from quetzal (bird of precious plumage) and coatl (serpent, snake). Aztec god of wind, transition, and learning.

God of Rain: Tlaloc, from tlalli (earth), i.e. “He who is made of earth”. Aztec god of rain and vertically f lowing waters.

Lord of Duality: Ometeotl, from ome (two) and teotl (god). He is argued to be the supreme creator god of the Aztecs, and is both a male and a female being.

Lord of the Chase, or Cloud Serpent: Mixcoatl, from mixtli (cloud) and coatl (serpent, snake). God of the hunt of the Otomí, Tlaxcala, and Huejotzingo. “Cloud Serpent” is a metaphor for lightning; as such, this god is also the creator of fire.

Smoking Mirror: Tezcatlipoca, from texcatl (obsidian mirror), tletl (fire) and popoca (smokes). Aztec god of fate.

SouthernHummingbird: Huitzilopochtli, from huitzilin (humming- bird) and opochtli (left). Aztec god of war.

Angry Wasp the Elder: father of Angry Wasp. He was the leader of the Chalk Place clan of Tlaxcala.

Charging Eagle: Cuauhtemoc, from cuauh (eagle) and temohuia (attack, charge). The name refers to the moment when an eagle folds its wings and attacks its prey.

Hungry Coyote: Nezahualcoyotl, from nezahualli (hungry, or fasting) and coyotl (coyote).

Lord Old Twin: Temilotecatl. He was the leader of the Rocky Crags clan of Tlaxcala.

Lord Ring of Cotton: Maxixcatzin. He was the leader of the Pine Hill clan of Tlaxcala.

One Grass of Sacrifice: Ce Malinalli, from Ce (one) and Malinalli (grass of penance, or self-sacrifice).

Seven Snakes: Xicomecoatl or Chicomecoatl, from chicome (seven) and coatl (serpent, snake). Sometimes this name is translated as “Seventh Serpent”.

Smoking Stars: Citlalpopocatzin, from citlali (star), popoca (smokes), and -tzin, the suffix indicating a lord. He was the leader of the Rain Place clan of Tlaxcala.

Stern Lord: Motecuhzoma, more commonly known as Montezuma. From mo (a third person prefix), tecuhtli (lord), and zoma (to frown in anger).

The other names, such as Broken Plume, Flint, Dew, Scarlet Mist, Joy and others, I constructed using the most common components of the Nahuatl names.

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